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04 Aug 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Basketball

Big guns hard to separate - London 2012 - Basketball

There is still nothing to separate the USA and France in the women's Basketball competition, as they kept up their unbeaten runs on Day 9 - while there was also progress for Czech Republic.

France secured top spot in Group B as they breezed to a 65-54 victory over Russia to preserve their 100 per cent record.

They improved to 5-0 in convincing fashion, overturning an early Russian lead in the second quarter and then dominating the second half.

France will come away encouraged by a strong defensive performance as they held Russia to 19-of-61 shots from the field - just 31 per cent.

Celine Dumerc led France with 12 points, while Evgeniya Belyakova had 14 for Russia.

The USA, meanwhile, refused to let their standards slip, as they warmed up for the knockout stages with a 114-66 win over China for their 38th straight victory in Olympic Games competition.

The USA matched their national Olympic scoring record, first set against Spain in 1992, and could have surpassed it if they had kept pushing in the fourth quarter.

Elsewhere, the Czech Republic cruised into the quarter-finals with an 82-47 win over Angola in their Group B finale.

The win secures fourth place for the Czechs, who arrived in London ranked fourth in the world and were considered a medal contender but then stuttered early.

They still have it all to do to reach the final four as fourth place sets them up for a quarter-final meeting with France on Tuesday.

The African champions stuck with the Czechs throughout the first quarter today but early second quarter points for the 2010 World Championships runners-up propelled them into a 28-18 lead on Eva Viteckova's three-pointer - and they never looked back.

Australia held off a Canadian rally down the stretch to claim the second seed in Group B, winning 72-63, while Turkey battled past Croatia 70-65 to end their Group A campaign with a 4-1 record and in second place.

The Turks had to come from behind following a strong opening quarter from Croatia, but once they had their noses in front they never trailed again despite late rallies.

Host Nation Great Britain's last chance of a victory in the women's tournament slipped away in the second half as they lost 78-66 to fellow strugglers Brazil.

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